Thanks to the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), NORRAG has been able to enlarge and diversify its core team. As part of its decentralisation process, NORRAG is developing its presence in the global South with collaborators working within the framework of the collaborative programme and institutional partnership in South Africa and in Burkina Faso.
Alexandra Draxler is an education specialist. She spent many years at UNESCO and continues to work as an independent consultant for public and private entities. She was the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Delors Commission (1993-1996). She has written about technologies in education, public-private partnerships, and education policies and strategies for development. She is a member of several professional associations and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development.
Amado Kaboré is a PhD candidate in International Politics of Education at the University Ouaga I Professor Joseph KI-ZERBO, where he graduated in Management and Cultural Administration with a specialisation in Copyrights and Performers’ rights, and in African History with a specialisation in Education Policy. He is currently a Researcher in the Department of Education Sciences at the Institute for Social Sciences (INSS) in Ougadougou. In parallel, Amado is working as a NORRAG Research Assistant as part of the partnership with the INSS-based Education Research Workshop in Burkina Faso (AREB). He contributes to the production of knowledge products in French language, the organisation of joint AREB/NORRAG events for the education and training community in West Africa, as well as the coordination in order to re-launch the French version of NORRAG News (La Lettre de NORRAG).
Director of REAL/NORRAG Collaborative Programme in South Africa, and Associate Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand
Associate Professor Peliwe Lolwana has recently retired as the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. She continues to be associated with REAL as a visiting Associate Professor. She chairs the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Task Team on the Planning of Community Education and Training Colleges. Previously, she has worked and managed a variety of educational institutions, statutory bodies and government directorates. She has served in many commissions tasked with the transformation of education in South Arica. She still serves in a number of Associations, Boards, Foundations and Councils in education and training. She acquired her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, USA.
Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc
Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Geneva. She has since continued to develop her skills in project management, human resources, accounting and Web communication. Thanh has several years of experience in Operational Marketing for the private sector. Amongst other things, she was in charge of client relationship management, administrative and financial coordination, training of staff, development of internal procedures and overall logistics. She is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management.
Joost Monks is the managing director of NORRAG, Switzerland. He is in charge of the Network’s international development and partnerships and runs the Programme of Work on “Urban violence, Youth and Education”. Previously he served as management consultant in a wide range of national and international public organisations, including UNESCO, WIPO, and ILO, and he worked in the field of organisational development in higher education institutions in Europe and China. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree from the IHEID and obtained his PhD in political economics from the University of Geneva.
Radu Bârză is currently a Masters Student in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has previously worked in education related sectors in Romania and Bulgaria, acquiring experience in public-private partnerships, government relations and the role of the ITC in education. He has extensive experience in communication, brand management and event management acquired in both national and multinational organizations whilst working for several reputed brands, including Samsung, Nestlé and GQ. His research interests include skill development, TVET, wage and labour market allocation, gender disparity and the implications of the ITC in education development and skill creation.